FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) – Of the nearly 60 Captains in the North Carolina Ferry System, just three are women, including
the Captain of one of the Fort Fisher-Southport ferries.
Marybeth Ray works in the pilot house of the "MV Southport," one of the two ferry vessels that make the daily run between Southport and Fort Fisher.
As a military brat, Ray's family moved a
lot, including spending a lot of time in the Bahamas.
"My dad moved the family to the Bahamas
when I was twelve years old, and that kind of set the tone for my life," said Ray.
That where she ran a marina, became a
civilian employee and even, while in high school, earned the rank of Boat
She moved to our area and got a job with the
Ferry Division, and spent seven years as a deckhand and promoted to assistant
Captain. In 2003, she became the Fort Fisher-Southport ferry route's
first female Captain.